Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 21, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963855 | Print ISBN: 9781412941860 | Online ISBN: 9781412963855| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Male Genital Disorders
Andrew J. Waskey
Male genitals are a connected set of three areas. Inside of the scrotum are the testicles, the blood vessels that supply the testicles and the ducts that lead to the prostrate which is the second area of sexual function. The penis is the external shaft that is used for both urination and for sexual intercourse. All three areas can be disturbed by infections, injuries, dysfunctions, or by cancers. The scrotum is a sack that holds the testicles. Situated between the legs it is subject to skin infections because it is kept warm and moist by clothing. Inadequate washing can promote the growth of fungus infection commonly called jock itch ( tinea cruris ). It causes the skin to be come red, itchy and irritating. It usually spreads to the buttocks, inner thighs as well as to the genitals. Ringworm is a similar fungal infection. Treatment includes keeps the areas clean ...